Tuesday, May 15, 2012
School Committee members express support for the school district's efforts to receive greater investment from Warren.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Fellow Warren residents and taxpayers, We, the Warren representatives of the Bristol-Warren Regional School Committee, wanted to take this time to address the school-related issues that have been discussed in our local newspapers, social media sites and coffee houses. While we recognize that the town of Warren is in a tough financial state, it is important to provide some facts to counteract the misconceptions that are out there so that we can all make informed decisions at the Warren Town Financial Meeting at Kickemuit Middle School on May 21. Regarding the Regionalization Bonus, the BW Regional School District did receive additional funds from the state when the two towns regionalized. This was meant to be a short-term funding source to…
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
A School Committee member worries that savings factored into the school budget are premature due to unsigned teacher contracts.
During the Bristol Warren School Committee meeting on Monday night, only one committee member spoke up with concerns regarding the proposed district budget, but it wasn't about cutting costs. While the towns of Bristol and Warren are struggling to figure out where they could each get more than $600,000 over last year's request from the schools for FY2013 if the budget propopasal passes as is, one committee member pointed out that the budget request may actually not be enough. School Committee member Karen Lynch says the numbers set forth in the budget request are premature given the announcement that the teacher contract negotiations failed and have moved into arbitration. For almost a year, teacher contracts have been under negotiation …
The Joint Finance Committee will hold an informational meeting for the public on Thursday evening.
The Bristol Warren Regional School District will present the proposed 2013 district budget to the Joint Finance Committee meeting this week. It will be reviewed publicly on Thursday at Kickemuit Middle School. The district has requested a four percent increase from the approved fiscal year 2012 budget, which by law, is the maximum allowed increase. The proposed budget is likely to face resistance from the towns of Bristol and Warren. According to figures provided in the school district's budget request, the towns of Bristol and Warren are being asked to contribute approximately $1.3 million more than their 2011 contributions. If the district budget is approved as is by the Joint Finance Committee, the Town of Warren would be responsible …